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Shooting- Better Visibility, Better Shooting

HIVIZ Sights increase muzzle awareness and allow shotgunners to maintain focus where it belongs—on their target.

One of the first rules that you learn when shooting a shotgun is that your focus should be on the target, not the sights. The natural instinct then, is to assume that the front sight doesn’t play any role at all when shooting a scattergun. That, however, isn’t exactly true. Hitting your target is about more than just focus; it’s about muzzle awareness. One of the reasons why so many doves are missed on opening day and so few shooters break 100 straight clays is that most of us simply lack intel on where our muzzle is actually pointed. To get ahead of a moving target, you need to look off the rib of the gun; if you are looking at the target and the muzzle simultaneously, you will be inherently behind the bird.

Better Visibility, Better Shooting

HIVIZ Sights increase muzzle awareness and allow shotgunners to maintain focus where it belongs—on their target.

By Brad Fitzpatrick

One of the first rules that you learn when shooting a shotgun is that your focus should be on the target, not the sights. The natural instinct then, is to assume that the front sight doesn’t play any role at all when shooting a scattergun. That, however, isn’t exactly true. Hitting your target is about more than just focus; it’s about muzzle awareness. One of the reasons why so many doves are missed on opening day and so few shooters break 100 straight clays is that most of us simply lack intel on where our muzzle is actually pointed. To get ahead of a moving target, you need to look off the rib of the gun; if you are looking at the target and the muzzle simultaneously, you will be inherently behind the bird.

Fiber optic light pipes are great for beginners who need to be aware of their muzzle and its relative position to the target, but sights like those from HIVIZ make sense even for experienced shooters. Think that the world’s best trap, skeet, and sporting clays shooters don’t rely on these sights? Wrong. Cory Cogdell, two-time Olympic medalist, has a HIVIZ sight on the front of her shotgun. There’s no question that Cogdell has an innate understanding of where her muzzle is at all times, yet she still uses a bright sight when competing on the world’s biggest stage. And Cogdell isn’t the only top-tier shooter with a HIVIZ sight on their shotgun. Allen Treadwell, one of the most decorated young shotgun shooters in the country and an avid hunter, also uses HIVIZ sights and says that, “from competition shooting at the highest level, to when the pressure is on in the field, HIVIZ sights give me the confidence I need knowing each shot will be on the mark.”

Muzzle movement is critical to good shotgun shooting. But it can be difficult to maintain movement when you are shooting in field conditions. Upland birds and waterfowl hunters can quickly become frustrated because the birds won’t fall, and oftentimes (almost all the time) the problem is related to improper muzzle movement. Maybe the swing is rough and choppy, maybe you aren’t offering enough lead or keeping ahead of the target, or maybe you are allowing your swing to stop when you shoot. All of these will cause you to miss in the field, but having a highly visible front sight that allows you to track the muzzle as you focus on the moving bird can help diagnose and ultimately alleviate a lot of these issues.

One of the concerns many shooters have regarding the addition of a HIVIZ sight to their gun is installation, but these products are designed to easily and securely slip over the rib of the gun. There are also magnetic versions that can easily be installed and removed, and they are very durable; as a collegiate shooter, I used a HIVIZ sight that stayed on my gun throughout hunting season, and the various bumps and bangs didn’t cause the thing to shake loose. Additionally, you can swap out LitePipes as needed to identify targets in all ambient light conditions. Best of all, the process of switching among green and orange and yellow pipes is fast and easy, so no matter which color you prefer, you’ll always have something available.

For more info visit www.HIVIZsights.com.